A Guide to Making Your Own Butter!
I had a lot of messages asking about how we make our own butter! It may seem like a daunting task, but it’s actually quite simple and can save you money in the long run (especially with record high inflation). Not to mention, it’s a great way to be more self-sufficient and learn an old-fashioned skill. I’ll guide you through the steps to make your own butter, whether you choose to use a food processor, blender, or go the old-fashioned way and make it by hand.
-Heavy cream or Whipping Cream
-A Good Quality Salt (optional) I personally like Redmonds Fine Grain Sea Salt
-Food processor or blender (if you choose to use a machine)
-Clean glass jar with a tight-fitting lid
-Mixing bowl (if you choose to make it by hand)
-Clean cheesecloth or kitchen towel (if you choose to make it by hand)
Step 1: Choose your cream
The first step in making your own butter is to choose your cream. You can use heavy cream or whipping cream, but heavy cream will give you a richer and creamier butter. You can also choose to use organic or raw cream for a healthier option. I myself always use Organic.
Step 2: Blend or churn the cream
If you’re using a machine, pour the cream into your food processor or blender and blend until it thickens and separates into butter and buttermilk. This process can take anywhere from 5 to 10 minutes depending on the machine you’re using. If you’re making it by hand, pour the cream into a mixing bowl and beat it with a whisk or mixer until it separates into butter and buttermilk. This can take up to 20 minutes of continuous mixing.
Step 3: Drain and rinse the butter
Once the butter has separated from the buttermilk, pour it into a clean cheesecloth or kitchen towel and squeeze out any excess liquid. We skip the cheesecloth and just use our hands. We do this over the sink and catch any remaining buttermilk in a jar. You can also rinse the butter under cold water to remove any remaining buttermilk.
Step 4: Add salt (optional)
If you prefer salted butter, you can add a pinch of salt to the butter and mix it in thoroughly.
Step 5: Store your butter
Scoop your butter into a clean glass container or jar with a tight-fitting lid and store it in the refrigerator. Your homemade butter should last up to two weeks in the fridge.
Step 6: Freeze your butter (optional)
If you have extra butter or want to save it for later, you can freeze it for up to six months. To freeze, wrap the butter in parchment paper and place it in a freezer-safe container.
You can use the buttermilk for cooking and baking. And leftover cream for coffee and cooking as well!
Not only is homemade butter a delicious addition to any meal, but it’s also a healthier option than store-bought butter. Store-bought butter can contain added preservatives and artificial flavors, whereas homemade butter is made from pure cream. You can also get creative and add different flavors to your butter by infusing it with herbs, garlic, or honey. The possibilities are endless!
So, what are you waiting for? Give homemade butter a try and impress your family and friends with your newfound self-sufficiency. It’s a simple and fun way to save money and learn an old-fashioned skill.
Let me know how it turns out!